Thursday, December 16, 2010

dear emily

i have the family's permission to release a picture and the name
of the precious young man who has been missing for over a
week now.

barrett jones


i could always count on barrett to speak to me very respectfully
and look straight into my eyes.   he traveled with my son on
mission trips and played basketball with him for four years.  the
faculty from his high school selected barrett to be their favorite
student of the year.

this is a special young man, and his lovely parents' hearts are
breaking.

yesterday, a missing baylor student called his family from a
church in arizona.   my prayer is that today, barrett will call
his family, too.

"to this i will appeal:

the years of the right hand of the Most High.
i will remember the deeds of the Lord;

yes, i will remember Your miracles of long ago.

i will meditate on all Your works and consider
all Your mighty deeds."  psalm 77: 11, 12

your prayers and your generous kindness are such a gift,
lea

31 comments:

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

I will keep Barrett in my prayers until he comes home safely.
My heart goes out to his dear parents.. They will also be in my thoughts and prayers.
Blessings,
Penny

Farm Girl said...

I will continue to pray for him. He looks like such a nice boy and one any mother would be proud to have.
I am so sorry for his poor family.

I will continue to pray.

Southern Lady said...

Praying for Barrett! Thanks for putting a precious face and name to the request. Carla

Kim said...

This is such a sad story but one that I pray has a happy ending very soon.

Gloria said...

I will keep Barrett (& his family) in my prayers for his safe keeping and that the Holy Spirit will minister to his heart during this time.
God bless you Lea for getting the word out for all of your readers to pray. God will honor all of the prayers.
Have a beautiful day!
Love,
Gloria xoxo

Girl Meets Paris said...

Thank you for the photo... he is in my prayers.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Thank you...I was wanting to ask his name...still praying, still seeking God's grace and mercy in this situation. My heart is heavy and breaks for everyone...I know how I would feel if it was mine or even one of the many boys who have come through our home.
Praying constantly!!

Lea said...

Oh, how very sad! Will certainly be praying for all concerned and mostly that he will be found "safe and sound."

Christmas Blessings!

Sandy said...

Still praying here and believing
God for Barrett's safe return and comfort for this dear family.
Love,
Sandy

Thmini2 said...

Lord, please return Barrett to his family safe and sound. We will keep him and his family in our prayers. Barrette olease contact your family...Lord let him see that nothing is ever bad enough (you know how teenagers think) that he wouldn't be off etter at home.

Susy said...

Amen. God watches over His word to perform it.

Anne Lyken-Garner said...

He seems such a sweet young man.
If you're reading this, Barrett, there are so many of us here (strangers) appealing to you to at least call your parents. Their hearts must be breaking.
Of course, we can't know all that's happening in your life, but you're wise enough to do the right thing. I'm sure of this.

Lea, I shall be away for the hols. Going to spend Christmas with my in-laws. See you in the new year and be blessed.

Sonja said...

One of the things about being a parent is that every child becomes your child, your heart rejoices and grieves with every parent.

Praying and trusting God for the very best outcome for Barrett and his precious hurting parents.

Thank you so much Lea, for letting us share his name and face. It makes our prayers firmer and more personal. Trusting with you all!!

Leslie said...

I have him on my prayer cards, along with his family and will continue to pray for all of them.
Send hugs to his family from all of us...
Love,
Leslie

myletterstoemily said...

thanks, sweet friends! you're so
great!

Shannon said...

Praying for safety!

Debbie said...

I will definitely continue to pray for Barrett and his family. He looks and sounds like such a nice boy. How my heart breaks for his poor parents. Blessings, Debbie

KathyB. said...

I will pray...

Beth Priest said...

wish he were back! I will keep praying.

Cheri Bunch said...

Praying, Lea, with tears ... pleading with the Lord. Asking him to make haste ... David asked the Lord to make haste several times, so I think it is okay.

"Lord, please hurry him home!We are anxious to celebrate Barret's return."

Love you,
Cheri

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Still praying and following the reports. I have a friend whose son-in-law is missing...it looks like foul play...he has a pregnant wife. Young couple in Tampa Florida.

Praying for all these families and to see the mighty power of our loving God!! I am not forgetting!!!

I Love Pretty Little Things said...

My heart is aching for Barrett's family and for friends like you who obviously love him so much! He looks about the same age as my oldest son- I cannot imagine the torture that his family is going through.

I will be praying for all of them and that Barrett will return home safely Very soon!

Many, many prayers,
Joyce

His Song to Sing said...

Praying for this young man and his family that they will be reunited before Christmas. Can't imagine their pain. Thankful for your blog to solicit prayers for them!

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I continue to pray that God keep them all in His eyes and hands.

I can't imagine the anguish his folks and loved ones are feeling.

Vee said...

Saying a prayer for Barrett to return home safely and for healing to take place in all hearts. I'm also praying that his parents and family and friends will experience the comfort of the Holy Spirit in a supernatural way. Thank you for keeping us updated.

Motherkitty said...

My heart aches for Barrett's parents. They must be crazy with worry. My prayers will be offered for young Barrett and his family. Please, keep us posted.

Susan B said...

I will pray for Barrett and his family, and hope he will soon return home safely.

Marilyn in NM said...

Oh my prayers are with Barrett and his family.

Crown of Beauty said...

Dear Lea,
I offer prayers for Barett's return. May God keep him safe in the hollow of His hands.

Also I scrolled down and read some of your recent posts... the one about the boys singing in the school choir touched me heart so deeply.

Blessings be yours this Christmas week.

Love
Lidj

krys kirkpatrick said...

I have been through this experience, not with a child but my father and brother. There are no words that can ever express the love and empathy that we all have for the family of this sweet boy. Our collective energy and devotion to our kindred spirits will flow your way and connect us all as one. My blessing and prayers to your family.

Cheri Bunch said...

Hoping that all is well. Thinking of you! Blessings, Cheri